Community Gardening

Programs that provide plots of land on which groups of people living in a neighbourhood can grow fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. Community gardens provide access to fresh produce and plants; may be located in parks, schools, hospital grounds or other open areas; and may be nurtured communally and the bounty shared, have individual plots for personal use, or be dedicated to "urban agriculture" where produce is grown for a market. Some have raised beds that are accessible to people with disabilities. The gardens provide an opportunity for participants to savour the freshness, flavour and wholesomeness of home-grown produce; save money on their food bills; grow traditional foods not available in the supermarket; or simply get some exercise and enjoy the benefits of being outdoors. They also support a community's food security, contribute to the preservation of open space, strengthen community bonds, provide a sense of connection to the environment and offer opportunities for community education.

 

Services

Communal garden that encourages citizens to grow their own food and flowers.

This garden is part of the Hamilton Community Garden Network.

An initiative to increase food security in the McQuesten area in the green space behind former St.

McQuesten Urban Farm was developed as a response to food insecurity in the McQuesten neighbourhood.  Its goal is to provide residents with access to fresh food, food security, job opportunities and skills to help promote healthy eating through local gardening and farmers markets. 

A community organic urban farm located in East Hamilton. 

Educational program available to children ages 6-12 that are interested in learning to cook, garden and physical activity.  Once a week from May- September, children will learn and prepare healthy meals and snacks, explore physical activity and learn more about nutrition and health living.

Community garden that encourages citizens to grow their own food or flowers with the option to donate what they have grown

Communal garden that encourages citizens to grow their own food or flowers with the option to donate what they have grown. 

Plot-based community garden that encourages citizens to grow their own food or flowers with the option to donate what they have grown.

Plot-based community garden that encourages citizens to grow their own food or flowers with the option to donate what they have grown.

Plot-based community garden that encourages citizens to grow their own food or flowers with the option to donate what they have grown.

Plot-based community garden that encourages citizens to grow their own food or flowers with the option to donate what they have grown.

Plot-based community garden that encourages citizens to grow their own food or flowers with the option to donate what they have grown. 

Community gardens offered at various sites to provide local, organic, fresh produce to individuals who are marginalized through local hot meal programs and food banks.  Volunteer opportunities available. 

Community garden that encourages citizens to grow their own food or flowers with the option to donate what they have grown.

Community garden in the Dundas area that encourages citizens to grow their own food, flowers, or other plants with the option to donate what they have grown

Plot-based community garden that encourages citizens to grow their own food or flowers with the option to donate what they have grown. 

Plot-based community garden that encourages citizens to grow their own food or flowers with the option to donate what they have grown. 

Plot-based community garden that encourages citizens to grow their own food or flowers with the option to donate what they have grown. 

Hamilton Community Garden Network (HCGN) provides resources and tools needed to start, run, or participate in community garden development. Current community garden locations can be searched on the online map.

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